Two men arrested for burglary in Cornelius
Two men were arrested in Cornelius early Friday morning after attempting to steal more than $10,000 in generators, according to the Washington County Sherrif's Office.
Deputies responded to an alarm at Coastal Farm & Ranch, 3865 Baseline St., in Cornelius at 3:22 a.m., May 18, where deputies spotted a black Dodge Ram pickup truck leaving the parking lot without its headlights on.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's office, several boxes were visible in the back of the truck.
Deputies stopped the truck and arrested 38-year-old Kenny Ross of Cornelius and Curtis Vanzee, 54, of Portland.
According to deputies, the truck was carrying five new generators, totaling $6,400, which had been stolen from the store.
The men were charged with aggravated theft, second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, and second-degree criminal mischief.
Vanzee was also charged with a probation violation.
Deputies also found a mask, gloves, and a keychain with dozens of car keys inside the truck, deputies said.
"A cell phone app was heard inside the truck monitoring police scanner traffic and the license plates on the vehicle were later learned to be stolen," according to the sheriff's office.
According to deputies, a sixth generator worth $4,000 and a pallet jack were discovered in the parking lot. A security fence was found open, with a broken lock and bolt cutters were found nearby.
Video footage obtained from Coastal Farm & Ranch showed a third suspect involved in loading the stolen generators into the vehicle, but the suspect has not yet been identified.
"Deputies believe these suspects are likely involved in similar crimes around the metro area," deputies said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Washington County non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.
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